Many schools around the country actually allow leeway on what pets to have in college. Some schools are super strict and do not allow any pets, while others have no rules about them at all. I have a few different friends from different states that have told me about the best pets to have in college. First, start with a house plant. If that doesn’t die then you can consider getting a pet!
One of the different types of pets to have in college are guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are basically like giant hamsters. Although they need a bigger cage, they are great first pets. However, they can live from around 5-10 years, so make sure that wherever you go outside of college, you are allowed to have pets.
This one is pretty obvious. If you can take care of a plant, you can take care of a fish. All you have to do is feed it and clean out the bowl every few days. Depending on the fish they can live from a few months to a few years. Also if you are going to get multiple fish, make sure that the fish are not going to rip each other apart.
Lizards and turtles are nice pets because they don’t really need a lot of space. One thing you do have to remember is to clean their cage, because reptiles tend to smell really bad. Also make sure that they have a heat lamp because they are cold-blooded and will die if their body temperature isn’t high enough.
Hermit Crabs are easy to take care of and fun to have. They also just need a clean cage, food and water. Every few weeks you should also get them a new shell so they can grow and be comfortable. You and your friends can even paint the shells so you have pretty crabs.
I have a friend that goes to Florida State University who has a pet chinchilla named Chad. He doesn’t even have a cage, he just hangs out in my friend’s dorm while he’s in class, and then goes out with him when my friend hangs out in the Florida sun. However if you get a chinchilla that isn’t trained too well then you should probably have a cage for him.
These little guys are actually related to possums, but are much cuter. They are smaller than the palm of your hand, and have huge loveable eyes. You need a decent sized cage for them because they like to fly from things, but you can always take them out and play with them!
My old roommate has a deep love for hedgehogs. They may seem threatening but they are actually one of the sweetest animals on the planet. They are relatively small, and they love laying on their backs and floating in water. These are probably the hardest to care for, but they are a great topic of conversation when your friends come over to visit.
Having a pet teaches a person a lot about responsibility. You have to keep something alive besides yourself, which can be a hard thing to do sometimes while in school. Remember, animals cannot eat cheap ramen noodles. So if you have the time and can afford it, then by all means get a college pet! They will be there through the ups and downs of your college life, and will love you as much as you love them.
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